December is one of my favorite months of the year (I may be parcial since I'm a Christmas Eve baby). I love the cool weather and beautiful colors. I can't wait to post a few of my gift guides and pictures of my favorite Christmas trees. I'm a little behind on my blogging... as usual. So while I get caught up make sure to checkout Matchbook Mag's new issue that came out today!!
I wanted to use today's post to wish my wonderful parents a happy 26 years of marriage. They are the best parents that anyone could ever have and would do anything and everything for my two brothers and I. I can't wait for finals to be over so I can sleep more time with them over the holidays.
While I was home I meant to scan a picture for this post but I never got a chance too. So instead I'm posting a picture of a picture from my room at home that I took on my phone sometime last year.. (which I'm kinda embarrassed about)
Back when LT got perms and ST still had a head full of hair.
Here are some fun facts about my parents:
-My mom's name is Laurie not Lori.
-My dad's name is William but he goes by his middle name Scott.
-They were neighbors growing up
-They didn't date until college, even though my mom went to the University of Texas and my dad Texas Tech.
-They were both 22 when they got married
P.S. Mom if your reading this keep your eye out in the mail!
I discovered pinterest this summer via Cupcakes and Cashmere. I checked it out and decided then and there that it was something I did not need. Up until a week ago I was very anti pinterest. People would always ask if I had one and I would always respond "I don't do that, there are enough ways I waste time on the internet". I finally broke down and got one last week, and to be honest I'm not totally sold on it.
I use tumblr. I have used tumblr for almost 4 years. When I'm going through pinterest I feel like I see half the same things on my tumblr dashboard. Maybe it's the repetition that loses my interest.
I won't deny pinterest is a great place to look at ideas when you have a certain project in mind. When you spend countless hours a day pinning things away though, you loose the organization and the tasks at hand. Instead of pinning 100 things, you can accomplish 2 on your list of DIY projects. My opinion in short: It's procrastination waiting to happen.
Maybe I'm too quick to judge the love of "pinning", maybe over time I will be won over. For now don't expect to see me pinning my life away, or planning my wedding on pinterest.
Thanksgiving marked the kickoff for the 2011 holiday season! I spend the majority of my break in the Texas Hill Country with my family.
It is our tradition to have Thanksgiving at our family farm outside of Austin with my mom's side, then on the following day a Thanksgiving meal with my dad's side at our lake house in Horse Shoe Bay on Lake LBJ. I think I can go a whole year without looking at a turkey again.
I'm thankful to have such an amazing family to spend time with. I can't wait to spend some much needed R&R at the Tinsley house over Christmas break!
Since Thanksgiving is officially over I was perfectly content with listening to Carole King's new Christmas CD.
P.S. Only 26 days until Christmas... and only 25 days until my 21st Birthday!
I'm thankful for many things in my life this year, family, friends, health, and prosperity. I can't be more excited to spend the rest of the week with my family. I'm taking off Thursday and Friday to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family on our farm outside Austin (and because there is only dial up internet there).
I have been a huge Gossip Girl fan even before the show came out. I loved reading the books and enjoyed the spin off "It Girl". I am the only one though who is hating this season?? I'm tempted to stop watching all together but it's my guilty pleasure. While the storyline is on a steady decline, if anything I will keep watching for the fashion.
Still having withdrawals from the Royal Wedding last April? Well lucky for you the December issue of Vogue is featuring wedding portraits of Lauren Bush (granddaughter of George and Barbara Bush) and David Lauren (son of Ralph Lauren).
Let me be the first person to tell you how much I love the Holiday season, but let me also be the first person to tell you I believe in taking one holiday on at a time. Call me old fashion, but I like my Christmas in December not in November or heaven forbid in October. I'm still enjoying my remaining sparkle pumpkin (although me and my roommates had to smash one tonight that went bad).
Don't get me wrong I love Christmas, I love the whole month of December! My birthday is Christmas Eve! But I want to slow down and enjoy my fall.. or 75 degree weather we have here in Alabama. Winter will come when it's ready with all those fun things that come with it. Until then I want to enjoy my fall Christmas Music and decoration free.
After Thanksgiving though, I will be more than ready to spread the Christmas Cheer!
Before I came to college I loathed wearing lipstick. I would only wear it if my mom forced me to, but since then I have become a little more girly. Finding the right fit is the battle, currently my lips are either bare or coated with Chapstick.
I've been a major slacker on weekly blog roundup... today included. This week I'm going to try and get ahead on blogging for next week! Here are some of my favorite blogs this week.
One.A Cup of Jo
Cup of Jo is one of my new favorites. This New Yorker is so New York and I love it! Plus she also has killer reader giveaways!
Two.Lil Blue Boo
I'm shared Lil Blue Boo before and I have to share again. This is one of my favorite blogs. Not only is Ashley DIY craft queen but is also sharing her fight against cancer. Her blog brings me to tears sometimes and I suggest you put it on your radar.
Three.The Southern Eclectic
The Southern Eclectic is the blog of Fort Worth designer Sheridan French (You know I love repping DFW). Her and her family are the cutest thing I have ever seen and I would kill for her closet!
Four.The Love List
The Love List is such a fun blog! I love the sleek design.
Five.The Daily Spark
The Daily Spark is Matchbook Magazine's blog. If you love Matchbook Mag then you will absolutely love this blog! BTW... have you checked out the November Issue featuring Kate Spade?
My lastest obsession is watercolor paintings. I seriously can't get enough of them! Over the holidaze I'm going to try and take up watercolor painting. I'm sure it won't be pretty at first (or ever) but trying never hurt anyone!
For a while now I've been needed to clean out my backpack and I finally got around to it.
This is usually the contents of my backpack (give or take a few items):
1 Computer + Case
1 Three Subject Spiral (I switch every other day)
1 Small Journal
1-2 Books for class
1 Set of Notecards and FOE (you never know when either will come in handy)
4 Colored Paper Mate Flair Pens in assorted colors
1 Black Rolling Ball Pen
1 Mechanical Pencil
1 Computer Charger
Whoa. After typing that out I carry around a lot of things, but honestly I have the lightest backpack around.
For me to stay organized, I have to keep things compact.
This is why I use multi subject spirals. They are strudier than regular spirals and allow for me to only keep up with 2 spirals rather than 5. I also use 2 folders, one for classes syllabus and the other for graded assignments/class handouts.
Something in my backpack that may sound unnecessary is a journal. I believe that they are SO useful and here is why.
I cannot tell you enough how much I use my journal. Not only do I carry it around in my backpack but also in my purse when I'm out running around town. I use mine for ideas and reminders mainly. If I think of a good blog post I jot it down or have a errand to run I write it down there. Plus there are so many cute journals out there! I'm currently using a Missioni for Target one that I love, but is now unavailable. I currently have my eyes on Archie Grand journals for my next one.
I'm lucky enough to have the gold Tiffany Twist Ring, and LOVE it. This bracelet would be a classic addition to anyone's wrist. There is something about the look of twisted metal I just can't get enough of.
Colored bangles are my newest obsession. They are be worn with as a set or solo. My favorite is a single color on each wrist. And Kate Spade inscribes little messages on the inside of all their bracelets, so fun!
Today I was itching to go further into my cold weather clothes stash and discovered a couple of pairs of cords I forgot I owned. I highly suggest getting some cords for the winter! They are classic and a nice change up from jeans. I always buy mine from the J. Crew Outlet, there is always a lot of styles and colors to choose from.
When I think football games I think cowboy boots. I paired them with a flirt shirt and feminine top (also seen in my last polyvore set) in my school colors to show my school pride!
This outfit is geared towards an SEC football game. Girls in the south love to dress up and football games are no exception. I picked out a TIBI dress, since the brand is so youthful and contemporary.
In my opinion this outfit would fly at any tailgate, at any school, no matter who you are (fan, student, alumni). Everyone should invest in a great pair of riding boots for fall.
We have a week off here in Tuscaloosa, so I expect everyone to be working on their outfits for the biggest game of the year on Nov. 5. Roll Tide!
I feel like girls sometimes get backed into a corner for Halloween costumes. As far as pre-packaged costumes go, they are usually "sexy" Fill in the Blank, that cost nearly $50 and look extremely cheap. I rounded up some great alternatives that are way cuter and cost efficient than anything you can find at Target.
1. Carrie Bradshaw
There are three different ways to go about this. The First Way is in my opinion the most iconic. Every girl knows the opening credits of Sex and the City, where Carrie gets splashed in her Tutu. This outfit would be so easy to put together, all you need is a tutu, pink tank and some stilettos. If you more of a DIY girl check out the tutorial Lauren Conrad featured recently. The second way is to go for the high fashion look, Carrie was never afraid of what she wore. Lastly, the Halston Heritage dress. You could go for the investment and buy the exact dress or you could save on this look alike for around $20 at forever 21.
2. Blair Waldorf (Back in the Constance days)
The key to dressing like Blair Waldorf is colorful and classic. For this look you'll need bright tights and flats, a mini skirt paired with an oxford and blazer. All of these things can be items you already own or items you can use to build your wardrobe. To polish off the outfit add a structured bag and fun headband.
3. Kate Middleton/Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge
Feel like you were meant to be born or marry into Monarchy? Then channeling everyone's favorite princess may be just the outfit for you! You can go all out with the princess bride look tiara and all. If you're not that flashy go for a toned down look with a royal blue quarter-sleeve dress (similar to the one Kate wore to announce her engagement). J.Crew has a dress that would work great, not only will you be looking like the Duchess herself, but it would also be an investment for your closet. If you are looking to spend a minimal amount of money, wear a shift dress you already own and add a outrageous hat to get the Kate look! Don't forget to wear a large "Sapphire" ring.
Still not satisfied? Head on over to What I Wore. She has been putting together some creative and fun costumes!